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3:25 PM ET, January 18, 2007

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Walter S. Mossberg / Wall Street Journal:
Vista: Worthy, Largely Unexciting  —  XP Successor Doesn't Break  —  New Ground on Ease of Use,  —  But It's Best Windows Yet  —  A new version of Microsoft Windows, the world's most popular and important computer operating system, will finally arrive for consumers on Jan. 30.
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Nick White / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Multiple announcments today  —  Good news arrives today on several Windows Vista-related fronts, my friends ... read on.  —  Windows Anytime Upgrade  —  Today we're announcing further detail on how Windows Anytime Upgrade works.  Come 30 January, Windows Anytime Upgrade will allow customers …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Unveils New Ways for Consumers to Get Windows Vista  —  Windows Anytime Upgrade, Windows Vista Family Discount and Windows Marketplace offer customers more flexibility and choice in purchasing Windows Vista.  —  Microsoft Corp. today detailed three new methods for customers looking to buy …
Scott Kirsner / New York Times:
Some Bling for Your Blog  —  PASTOR BOB HYATT acknowledges that his widget fixation may be getting a little out of control.  —  On his Web log, Pastor Hyatt, the leader of the Evergreen Community in Portland, Ore., has woven in widgets, or mini-applications, that show a selection of book covers …
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Nick Wilson / Search Engine Land:
2007 Guide To Linkbaiting: The Year Of Widgetbait?  —  Way back in 2005 we started talking about linkbait, a term that was coined on Threadwatch which I owned and ran at the time.  Linkbait was used to describe viral, linkable content designed to attract thousands of links.
Terry Ott / Toronto Sun:
Deal for Beatles on iTunes in works  —  The worldwide Beatles grapevine is buzzing over the distinct possibility that the long-awaited remastering of the Fab Four's United Kingdom CD back catalogue will finally see the light of day — by June.  —  As per usual, Apple/EMI is presently mum …
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Eliotvb / Listening Post:
Apple/Beatles Deal on Valentine's Day?
Discussion: UNEASYsilence
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
The Google Switch: an iPhone killer?  —  Color us skeptics on this one, but we've got a tipster claiming to have the scoop on Google Switch.  This version of the mythical Googlephone is said to be the result of a collaboration with Samsung — not Alpha Networks or HTC.
Discussion: Tech Digest and CrunchGear
Nancy Gohring / Computerworld:
Cisco's iPhone violates GPL, expert says  —  An open-source enthusiast is charging Cisco with failing to properly share code in its Linux-based iPhone  —  Even while Cisco Systems is suing Apple for violating its iPhone trademark, an open-source enthusiast is accusing Cisco itself of infringing copyright in the same product.
Discussion: Open Source and Slashdot
Nic Fildes / Independent:
Music industry threatens ISPs over piracy  —  The music industry opened up a new front in the war on online music piracy yesterday, threatening to sue internet service providers that allow customers to illegally share copyrighted tracks over their networks.  —  The International Federation …
Discussion: Coolfer and IPcentral Weblog
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
The Balkanization of BitTorrent  —  Mark Cuban has somewhat of a mixed record predicting BitTorrent's future, having once suggested that nobody would ever download HD content over peer-to-peer networks.  Obviously, he got that one wrong.  But he does have a point when it comes to a growing obstacle to P2P becoming mainstream:
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Don't Like the Dancing Cowboys?  Results Say You Do  —  Most online advertisements are becoming less obtrusive and more tailored to the interests of individual Web users.  Among the stubborn holdouts are the two-stepping cowboys, frisky rooftop dancers and weird tattoos in ubiquitous Web banners from LowerMyBills.com.
Discussion: Leathern.com and David Card
About Skype:
Skype Takes Internet Communications One Step Further With New Pricing Strategy  —  Disruptive pricing gives Skype users more value and choice.  —  Skype, the global Internet communications company, today announced its new global pricing structure which offers a simple …
Discussion: Tech Beat and 21talks
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Time Inc. Lays Off Nearly 300  —  Time Inc. laid off nearly 300 people today at its top magazines, including its most profitable title, People, which is shutting down its bureaus in Washington, Miami, Chicago and Austin, Texas.  —  People is laying off 44 editorial employees …
Discussion: PaidContent
John Markoff / New York Times:
Apple Profit Rose 78% in Quarter  —  Apple Inc., sweeping past even optimistic analyst expectations, delivered $1 billion in profit for its first quarter, based largely on the Christmas performance of its iPod music player business.  —  Setting both revenue and profit records …
Discussion: Channel 9
Oliver / MobileCrunch:
Nokia N800; A Real World Review After One Month's Use  —  N800 Photos Posted a.k.a. Thwarted by My NDA  —  Sometimes being tight with a company is a double edged sword.  Take the recent unveiling of the Nokia N800.  I'd been using the device daily for a month but couldn't post the images …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
LG's KE850 PRADA official: iPhone says, wha?  —  Check it Apple, LG just went official with their iPhone look-a-like LG KE850 Prada phone which they proudly tout as the world's "first completely touch screen mobile phone."  Er, unless you consider the ones from Motorola, HTC, and others.
 
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Mike / Techdirt:
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
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Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
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Web 2.0: A Community in Denial
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Google Billboard and Google Kiosk
Jackson West / NewTeeVee:
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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Find toxic wastelands via Google Earth
Discussion: All Points Blog and Tech_Space
Derik DeLong / MacUser:
Fuse with me  —  MacFUSE is the new hotness from Google's Mac genius, Amit Singh.
Discussion: Lifehacker and Slashdot
Serdar Yegulalp / InformationWeek:
Review: Six Rootkit Detectors Protect Your System
Discussion: Slashdot
BBC:
Open source gets European boost
Discussion: Vector One